Defense lawyers for Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee have insisted that no evidence exists to prove that he and five other City Harvest Church leaders misused church funds to pay for the popstar career of Kong's wife, singer Sun Ho, as the trial entered its 42nd day.
Six City Harvest Church leaders are facing prosecution for their involvement in the alleged misuse of funds, accused of spending close to $41 million on Ho's career. Pastor Tan Ye Peng, members Chew Eng Han and Lam Leng Hung, accountants Serina Wee Gek Yin and Sharon Tan ShaoYuen, and pastor Kong all face 10-20 years if convicted.
A large number of seminary graduates are dealing with overwhelming debt upon graduation, according to a new study by a research organization connected to Auburn Theological Seminary.
Many of these graduates are forced to moonlight at other jobs to make ends meet, found the Center for the Study of Theological Education.
A Florida pastor was convicted Tuesday of attempted grand larceny after he allegedly tried to sell five fake paintings to an undercover cop. The pastor's lawyers have said they disagree with the verdict and are looking into appeal options.
A jury for the Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York, found Kevin Sutherland, pastor of the nondenominational Mosaic Miami Church, guilty of second-degree attempted grand larceny after he allegedly tried to sell five fake paintings by British artist Damien Hirst to an undercover cop for $185,000. The paintings were meant to be a part of the famed artist's dot and spin collection.
Sutherland had reportedly purchased the fake works from forger Vincent Lopreto, who worked out of Laguna Beach, Calif., selling dozens of counterfeit Hirst works on the internet via eBay. Lopreto also supplied buyers with fake signatures and phony letters of authenticity. The forger had been a cooperator with investigators against Sutherland. more >>
True freedom in Christ allows for personal freedoms, but most freedoms are intended to work within a framework of social responsibility (Galatians 5:13). Food and beverage, for example, are good, but we are warned against extremes such as gluttony and drunkenness. Most anyone who has lived with these abuses understands why.
The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse-over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it's about abuse. Damage done to families and individuals demands a closer look. Here are samples of the correspondences that I have received:
"I won't watch my kids be physically abused anymore. My husband's alcohol consumption is killing our family." Others write, "Leaders in my church don't recognize that they are hurting people by abusing alcohol." One man wrote, "My wife has co-workers and parishioners fooled, but she is destroying our family from the inside out." more >>
Mars Hill Bellevue pastor and award-winning photographer Thomas Hurst has created an innovative case for the iPhone that he hopes to use to generate money to support his wife's cancer treatment.
This accessory, named the COVR, case allows iPhone users to take pictures holding the device horizontally instead of vertically. It does this with a built-in sliding lens that allows photographers to shoot pictures without being noticed.
"Everyone has become a photographer in the age of smartphones," Hurst said, "But as easy as the technology has allowed photography to become, our iPhones still don't allow us to be present without being obtrusive. As soon as we pull out our iPhones and hold them up to capture a picture, people become aware, they stare, shift, change the picture changes and what you wanted to capture for forever, is lost. This is why I created COVR Photo, so we don't miss the images that really matter." more >>
The media teachings of megachurch pastor Bob Coy have been removed from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale's official website following his recent resignation, after some apparently misused the content and started "vicious rumors" online.
"Unfortunately, not everyone, during circumstances like these comes to the website with a heart to learn more about the Bible. We've discerned the need to guard against those who would inappropriately misuse this content when time and space is needed for the Coy family to properly heal," Calvary's Web pastor, Dan Hickling, said in a message on Monday.
"Unfortunately, we have already witnessed the malicious use of Pastor Bob's images and vicious rumors on-line that can only run contrary to our hope for restoration. With that in mind, we have taken the precaution to suspend access to his teaching content for now," he added. more >>